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chudlo
chudlo New Reader
6/23/19 6:09 a.m.

I have 5 cars and 4 parking spaces! 

 

The Saab Ute Turbo Challenge car has to go. 

I will sell the car and all spares for $500 picked up in Austin, TX.

 

 

 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/23/19 10:20 a.m.

I’m sad you’re so far away, but also trying to stick to not buying cars

Stampie
Stampie PowerDork
6/23/19 11:55 a.m.

In reply to Patrick :

Lent is over now ya know. 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/23/19 12:07 p.m.
Stampie said:

In reply to Patrick :

Lent is over now ya know. 

But jesus is always watching.  

greenfieldhippi
greenfieldhippi New Reader
6/23/19 5:39 p.m.

Manual or automatic? Roll cage? Mechanical condition? I'm interested!

calteg
calteg Dork
6/23/19 8:18 p.m.

Local Austinite here, I'm not familiar with the car, got a link to the build?

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/23/19 8:27 p.m.
calteg said:

Local Austinite here, I'm not familiar with the car, got a link to the build?

Yep!devil

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/midwest-grmer-meetup-chicagoland-2017-challenge-pa/132077/page1/

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/23/19 8:28 p.m.
Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/23/19 8:33 p.m.
greenfieldhippi said:

Manual or automatic? Roll cage? Mechanical condition? I'm interested!

If it's similar to how it was when I last saw it: it is manual and turbo (boost turned way up and bigger turbo attached), no roll cage, and it good enough condition to flat tow another challenge car across Gainesville, compete in the challenge itself, and then drive all the way home to Texas no issues.

In all honesty it should be pretty darn good. All shocks are new and every bushing in the suspension is polyurethane and recently changed. Motor and trans mounts fresh. Bigger turbo like I said. "Crossflow" intercooler from hotter Saabs. 

Ready to hoon.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
6/23/19 9:08 p.m.

I’ve driven that car. I didn’t want to like it. I failed. 

Powar
Powar UltraDork
6/24/19 9:39 a.m.

Can you please provide some info about the current condition of the car? Looks like it would make for one hell of a fly and drive... and when you already have five Saabs on the property, what's a sixth?

spacecadet
spacecadet HalfDork
6/24/19 11:24 a.m.

I don't need this... but I TOTALLY need this..

Thinkkker
Thinkkker UltraDork
6/24/19 11:59 a.m.

It has a trailer hitch......wonder what it could really tow....

hobiercr
hobiercr SuperDork
6/24/19 12:31 p.m.

Powar
Powar UltraDork
6/24/19 12:33 p.m.

Posting more photos of this isn't helping kill my interest in it.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UberDork
6/24/19 12:40 p.m.

Add me to the list of people who have driven this and were impressed by how excellent it was.  I have also been towed by it and was similarly impressed.

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/24/19 12:56 p.m.

In reply to chudlo :

Which Georgia Tech guy? I went to school with them and probably have his number. PM me.

hobiercr
hobiercr SuperDork
6/24/19 12:58 p.m.

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/24/19 1:19 p.m.
Thinkkker said:

It has a trailer hitch......wonder what it could really tow....

It's a class 5 hitch from a Chevy 3500. (The 2.5 incher) so the hitch is rated to tow a 747. The vehicle, however, is not similarly rated.

Also the tow hitch is bolted onto the factory frame rails pretty well (in like 6 places), but I would recommend that anyone getting ready to "tow" with it review that build closely so you know what you are working with.

I think Saab 9-3 was rated to tow 2k lbs? I can't remember. Maybe it was 3500.

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/24/19 1:21 p.m.
hobiercr said:

That was one of my favorite parts of the car. I mentioned the idea for the sticker to one of my buddies and he made the design and used his vinyl cutter to make one and showed up at my house like 10 minutes before we left for the challenge.

I still need to get with him to make some T-shirts with the same design.

chudlo
chudlo New Reader
6/24/19 5:05 p.m.

Thanks Robbie for posting your build links and pictures!

I am at work out of the country for the next week. I'll try to get my brother-in-law to take a few pics. But I have one from a few weeks ago:

Sorry about that other car blocking the view...

 

The condition is almost the same as when I got the car. It is a little dirtier of course. 

I did Rally-X the car one time which resulted in some cracked glass behind the driver side window and the plexiglass rear window had a crack as well. 

But it does fly really good! 

 

I don't remember the guys name. Like I said, I lost his card. :(

 

 

 

Klayfish
Klayfish PowerDork
6/25/19 12:29 p.m.

No harm in kicking a tire.  I tried to send you an e-mail, let me know if you didn't get it.

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/25/19 3:41 p.m.

In reply to chudlo :

That picture makes me REALLY happy. I will try to go to that photographers website and buy a copy.

It was one of the only Saab pickup trucks already, and now it is also one of the fewish 4 wheeled Saabs to go airborne. The middle of that Venn diagram has to be incredibly small.

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/25/19 3:44 p.m.
maschinenbau said:

In reply to chudlo :

Which Georgia Tech guy? I went to school with them and probably have his number. PM me.

If I remember correctly he was an Asian guy, seemed like one of the younger ones on the team (freshman maybe?). I bet most people on the team know who he is.

chudlo
chudlo New Reader
6/25/19 4:37 p.m.

In reply to Robbie :

I bought all of the photographer's copies of the Ute from the event. I have them at home....

It was a blast to drive the car! I got 7 out of 10 runs completed before a coolant hose popped off. I got it back on and drove home without any problems! I haven't driven the car since the rally-x last year. 

 

I don't remember him being Asian....

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